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WEDNESDAY 7.10.15 SUBSCRIBE agenda N iall Kearney (Royal Dublin GC) cruised to a emphatic record-breaking 14-shot victory at the Irish PGA Cham- pionship on Sunday. The 27-year-old took charge of proceedings on Thursday with an opening round of seven under par 65 and followed up with rounds of 66, 67 and 68. His 22-under par total at Dundalk GC beat the 19-under-par mark set by Simon Thornton in 2011 and saw him join an illustrious list of back-to- back champions that includes Pad- raig Harrington, Paul McGinley and Christy O'Connor Snr. "I see Christy Snr around Royal Dublin the odd time and it's good to have matched something he has done but I've some way to go to equal his record of 10 Irish PGA titles," said Niall who plays in the British Masters at Woburn this week. "It was just one of those weeks, it was one of those courses that suited my eye. I felt comfortable here right from the start of the week and that was reflected in the scoring." The trio of Richard Kilpatrick (Ban- bridge), Eamonn Brady (Clontarf) and James Quinlivan (Mullingar) shared second place on eight un- der par with Brendan McGovern (Headfort) alone in fifth on seven under par. Royal Dublin man secures back-to-back titles rECorD-brEAkING kEArNEY CruISES to IrISh PGA ChAMPIoNShIP SuCCESS Niall Kearney with Michael McCumiskey, secretary Pga, and Paul Pardy, low Fuel Cards Fran caffrey |

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